| Jul 18, 2013
| 12:40 PM
"Every time he messed up it was like he was killing the three most important women in his life," says Ryan Coogler, the writer-director of the excellent new drama "Fruitvale Station." He's speaking about Oscar Grant, who in the early morning hours of Jan....
| Jul 18, 2013
| 6:57 AM
"Fruitvale Station" is hugely effective meat-and-potatoes moviemaking, and one hell of a feature film debut for writer-director Ryan Coogler.
Lean (84 minutes), swift and full of life, Coogler's picture recounts a random and needless death, that of 22-...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 5:58 PM
America is the land of second chances.
Look at Michael Vick.
The NFL player spent nearly two years in prison for running a dog-fighting ring but rebuilt his image so successfully that Nike hired him back as a spokesman.
Tiger Woods withstood the...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 1:53 PM
"We're going to cannibalize that market in August and September, if we can." -- Pat Riley, June 26.
One month down, one to go. Or is this all there is?
Free agency never truly was going to be the province of the Heat, not with David...
| Jul 28, 2013
New polls tell us that the public's attitudes about race relations have taken a hit since President Barack Obama's historic election. Can we all get along? Obama's election to the White House was a marvelous measure of how far the nation has come in terms...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 2:46 PM
"Why do they seem so determined to also make it racial?"
So asks Joy-Ann Reid, managing editor of The Grio, a Web magazine owned by NBC News whose mission is to "focus on news and events that have a unique interest and/or pronounced impact within the...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 1:00 PM
The bold, broad daylight burglaries in and around Cheviot Hills started in May and have come in clusters since then. About a dozen homes were hit in one day alone, and roughly 50 in a month.
"They were breaking windows, coming through doors," said...
| Jul 28, 2013
A Pew Research Center poll taken last weekend showed a nation divided over the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, with 42 percent "dissatisfied" with the not guilty verdict, 39 percent "satisfied" and the remaining 19 percent saying they had no...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 6:12 PM
Alan Fritzinger would sometimes take a long hike or long bike ride and wonder what it would be like if he didn't have to turn around right away, if he could just head into the sunset and do who knows what and end up who knows where.
Now he knows.
| Jul 30, 2013
I never thought the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case deserved nearly the attention it got. But reasonable people can disagree about that. What strikes me as unconscionable, however, is the way the supposedly objective media have not only...
| Jul 31, 2013
Historian Brenda E. Stevenson (pictured in her UCLA office, with an African sculpture) mostly writes about the long-gone — 18th and 19th century African Americans, and the lives of enslaved women. Then came the case that made history while L.A....